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I vant to be let alone - the construction of glamour

Rübsamen, Michael LU (2012) Celebrity studies Inaugural conference
Abstract
It is not too far fetched to claim that celebrity is a

phenomenon that is difficult to define. It is hard to

maintain rigid hierarchies between the components

that make up celebrity. One of them can be described

as glamour.

In the paper I examine ways to understand glamour

as an intrinsic part of the symbolic construction of

celebrity. It has been used as a inherent quality in

the person (Gould, 2005) or as an institutionalised

esthetic practice (Willis-Tropea, 2011). Also,

glamour is often connected to the luxurious and

desireable styles of life celebrities lead. The public

display of consumption that glamour relies upon

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It is not too far fetched to claim that celebrity is a

phenomenon that is difficult to define. It is hard to

maintain rigid hierarchies between the components

that make up celebrity. One of them can be described

as glamour.

In the paper I examine ways to understand glamour

as an intrinsic part of the symbolic construction of

celebrity. It has been used as a inherent quality in

the person (Gould, 2005) or as an institutionalised

esthetic practice (Willis-Tropea, 2011). Also,

glamour is often connected to the luxurious and

desireable styles of life celebrities lead. The public

display of consumption that glamour relies upon

is an important feature, perhaps even the most

important feature, of modern celebrity. According to

Gundle (2002), glamour’s

possibly most distinctive feature is that it, instead

of creating jealousy, inspires to desire. Glamour is

something that is available and within the reach of

everyone. The glamour in the celebrity industry plays

upon the public’s desire to become a celebrity or to

be able to achieve the same lifestyle. In her doctoral

thesis, Nanna Gillberg called celebrities “parking

lots of human desire”. Glamour is a tincture of sex

appeal, luxury, elegance and romance. Glamour

plays upon desire by appealing to notions of

distinction and availability.The refined and distanced

persona of the glamourous person could easily be

distinguished as a premier feature of the glamorous

persona.

The paper analyses and discusses two main swedish

contemporary celebrities by employing a analysis

inspired of Simmel with focus on consumption,

fashion, blasé attitude and distance. The paper

investigates aspects of glamour as they show

themselves in practice in the portrayal of the two

celebrities. In the analysis I investigate the building

of glamour and show how maintainance of distance

and blasé attitude are necessary components in the

construction of the celebrity and while glamour

may be something that is created with relative ease

in pictures, it is much more difficult to sustain it in

real life. The paper is a part of Michael Rübsamen’s

doctoral thesis, on the mediated construction of

celebrity in Sweden. (Less)
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  abstract     = {It is not too far fetched to claim that celebrity is a<br/><br>
phenomenon that is difficult to define. It is hard to<br/><br>
maintain rigid hierarchies between the components<br/><br>
that make up celebrity. One of them can be described<br/><br>
as glamour.<br/><br>
In the paper I examine ways to understand glamour<br/><br>
as an intrinsic part of the symbolic construction of<br/><br>
celebrity. It has been used as a inherent quality in<br/><br>
the person (Gould, 2005) or as an institutionalised<br/><br>
esthetic practice (Willis-Tropea, 2011). Also,<br/><br>
glamour is often connected to the luxurious and<br/><br>
desireable styles of life celebrities lead. The public<br/><br>
display of consumption that glamour relies upon<br/><br>
is an important feature, perhaps even the most<br/><br>
important feature, of modern celebrity. According to<br/><br>
Gundle (2002), glamour’s<br/><br>
possibly most distinctive feature is that it, instead<br/><br>
of creating jealousy, inspires to desire. Glamour is<br/><br>
something that is available and within the reach of<br/><br>
everyone. The glamour in the celebrity industry plays<br/><br>
upon the public’s desire to become a celebrity or to<br/><br>
be able to achieve the same lifestyle. In her doctoral<br/><br>
thesis, Nanna Gillberg called celebrities “parking<br/><br>
lots of human desire”. Glamour is a tincture of sex<br/><br>
appeal, luxury, elegance and romance. Glamour<br/><br>
plays upon desire by appealing to notions of<br/><br>
distinction and availability.The refined and distanced<br/><br>
persona of the glamourous person could easily be<br/><br>
distinguished as a premier feature of the glamorous<br/><br>
persona.<br/><br>
The paper analyses and discusses two main swedish<br/><br>
contemporary celebrities by employing a analysis<br/><br>
inspired of Simmel with focus on consumption,<br/><br>
fashion, blasé attitude and distance. The paper<br/><br>
investigates aspects of glamour as they show<br/><br>
themselves in practice in the portrayal of the two<br/><br>
celebrities. In the analysis I investigate the building<br/><br>
of glamour and show how maintainance of distance<br/><br>
and blasé attitude are necessary components in the<br/><br>
construction of the celebrity and while glamour<br/><br>
may be something that is created with relative ease<br/><br>
in pictures, it is much more difficult to sustain it in<br/><br>
real life. The paper is a part of Michael Rübsamen’s<br/><br>
doctoral thesis, on the mediated construction of<br/><br>
celebrity in Sweden.},
  author       = {Rübsamen, Michael},
  language     = {eng},
  title        = {I vant to be let alone - the construction of glamour},
  year         = {2012},
}